Thursday, April 11, 2013
And He said to them, "I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."
Hello and good morning,
Let us pray;
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your guidance and for Your wisdom. Lord I come to You and ask that You guide my words to be used for Your glory and Your purpose. Lord I pray that each person that reads this blog is touched and moved in a way that will bring them closer to You. Lord I thank you for all things You have done in the past for our good.
I would like to thank you guys and gals for all your support and encouragement. It is a real blessing to see the eagerness of people to read this blog.
I have been studying about Christ in the synoptic gospels. The synoptic gospels are the first three books of the new testament. I learned a lot about the history, the political and the geography of the land that Jesus was born into, and how everything that happened to Israel before Christ, was orchestrated by God. I also gained some needed knowledge about Christ’s ministry. As I was studying and reading my book for my class the Holy Spirit placed it on my heart to look more into what was said about the Kingdom of God. So this will by my topic for this blog.
The Kingdom of God, some of us think of this being heaven, but in actuality it is much more than a place. The Kingdom of God is a part of us, and around us. When Christ began preaching, He preached that the Kingdom of God was near. Throughout the Gospels Jesus showed the people, through his miracles and healings, that the Kingdom of God was upon them. He proclaims that the Kingdom of God is upon us when He was accused of driving out demons by Beelzebub (Luke 11:19-20 “Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then they will be your judges. But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the Kingdom of God has come on you.” ). The Jewish people were looking for a Messiah that would usher in a physical Kingdom that would restore the glory of Israel, but this Kingdom that Jesus was proclaiming was spiritual and inside us. Jesus tells about the coming of the Kingdom of God being spiritual and not physical in Luke 20:20,21 (Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the Kingdom of God is within you.”) In Mark 9:1, Jesus tells his disciples that the kingdom of God will be upon some of them before they die. This came true on the day of Pentecost when the people where baptized in the Holy Spirit. That power, wisdom, and knowledge that was passed down to us through the Holy Spirit is the evidence that the Kingdom of God is here. We as believers live in the time that is “between the ages.” When Christ came, died, and ascended He ushered in the spiritual kingdom of God, and now we await the physical kingdom of God with Christ’s second coming, this is the meaning of the title "Already but not Yet". With Jesus being the ruler at the right hand of God. The kingdom in which we live involves our inner nature and spiritual growth. We have to be able to look within ourselves and be able to change, in ourselves, what the Holy Spirit tells us to, and to live our life for God, the one who has given everything for us to be forgiven of our sins, so that we be in Heaven praising Him.
Lord I want to thank You once again for Your direction in this lesson of Your Kingdom, and I thank You for sending Your son to earth to die for our sins. Lord I ask that You would use this message to reach someone that needs You and wants You more. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
If you are feel right now that you need to know Jesus more, or that God has placed it on your heart to get closer with Him. I would ask that you send me a sparkmail so that we can talk and pray about the next step. May God bless you and go with you during your day.
Christ in the Synoptic Gospels; 10.2.1, 10.2.2
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
It has been a couple months since my last blog and my last time on Sparkpeople. I wanted to give my friends an update in what has been going on in my life.
I guess I will start off with an update of my journey to life change. I have lost a total of 40 lbs. I am only 10 lbs from my initial goal. I need to measure myself and post those to see how much I have lost there. I have been struggling the last few weeks with counting my calories and not eating sweats, but I have however kept from drinking any sodas, except the sprite I had when I had a stomach bug. I believe I will be having to go on the calorie counting again real soon to hit my goal of 250 by June. I have been playing racquetball about 4 days a week for cardio, but have neglected to do any strength training for a few weeks. I have lost some motivation in my journey but mostly due to the time I have to do things.
I have started my garden already. I planted lettuce, radish, garlic, onions, and carrots. It is getting cold tonight, looks like a hard freeze is on its way, temperatures in the upper teens. I know that the seeds I planted are real hardy plants and like the cooler weather. I just don't know how much cooler. I can just hope that the ground is warm enough to keep the crops growing.
I wanted to update you guys on the calling I have in ministry. I have registered in school with Global University and have been working on completing my first class. I am down to my last assignment and then I will be testing. The first class was very informative and helped me understand a lot about Christ and the times he lived in. My assignment is to do something to minster to a person of people about some of what I learned. I believe I am going to do it here. I would appreciate it if you guys and gals would pass the word along to all that you can to read my blog and give a response. I will right the blog on Thursday morning. I want to thank you guys in advance.
Praise the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.
Have a Blessed day.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Isaiah 41: 9,10
I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, 'You are my servant'; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Hello guys and gals.
As most of you know I was gone for a few days to a Men's Retreat with my church. First off I want to say, I had a blast.
Day 1: As I was riding I pulled out my guitar and started worshiping God, and the other men that knew the songs sang along. I think I slept about half the way and played my guitar the other half, lol. That's ok. I needed the rest anyways. When we got there we registered and went to our bunk house and claimed our beds. The trek from the bunkhouse to the dinning hall was about 400-500 yards and it was downhill. We did not drive back and forth, we walked the entire time we was there. Dinner that night was Polish Sausage on a bun, grilled onions, homemade potato chips, salad, and chocolate cake. I limited myself to one Sausage on a bun, 7 potato chips, I got seconds of grilled onions, and salad, and did not eat any of the cake. Well considering it was Thursday and I needed exercise I did a jog up to the bunk house and back, with a couple of the guys that went with us. I got about 30 minutes of cardio in that day not to mention the other times I walked up that hill to get to the bunk house.
Day: 2 I got up real early on Friday. I could not sleep due to the firmness of the bed and being away from home. Breakfast was eggs, bacon, pancakes, and banana. I passed on the pancakes and didn't get any seconds. After breakfast there was a young man that had asked Jesus to be his Savior. That was great, the Holy Spirit was there and working already. Next we had a small devotional with some worship, then we were dismissed for our fun day. Many guys went golfing and fishing. We initially stayed at the camp grounds and walked to the top of the mountain for some more worship. I carried my guitar on my back and let me tell you it sure added some resistance to my upward hike. At the top we had about 7 guys just singing and worshiping the Lord as I played my guitar. It was so cold up there my fingers were getting numb. But the experience was awesome. As we were coming down from the mountain I was talking to my Pastor and asking him questions about ministry. One main question I asked him was, "How do you know if you have been called into ministry?" His reply was not to helpful at first. He said, "God will let you know and there will be no doubt." I may be paraphrasing and using my own words, but that is what I remember him saying. We went to the game room for about an hour and played some games and visited for a while until lunch time. At lunch we had a choice of chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken on a bun, tater tots and salad. I made me a chicken salad with the selection, and a ate a few tots. Our church group went tubing on the snow and we had a blast. It is funny to watch a bunch of old men playing on the snow, lol. We got back for dinner time and we had, meatloaf, fried okra, mashed potatoes, salad, and cherry cobbler with ice cream. I ate almost the whole plate of food except the potatoes, and yes I did eat the cherry cobbler and ice cream, I only had one serving though. After dinner we had worship service and a speaker gave a message. During the whole service it was amazing to watch men worshipping and praising God with all their heart. We had men at the alter praying for one another, hugging and crying. The Holy Spirit was so sweat. We even had tongues and interpretation. At the end of the service, I was in the back talking to someone when my Brother-in-Law, who is a Pastor in Childress, Tx, grabbed my Pastor and said to him that he wanted him to hear what he had to say to me. My Brother-in-Law told me that God had laid it on his heart to tell me that I had been called into ministry. This was just a few hours after I had been talking to my Pastor about it, and what Pastor said made complete sense. I now had conformation that I am to be in ministry. I now have a long road a head of me, I am scared, but I am also excited. This day ended with a game of chicken foot and me being on fire for God and just full of the Holy Spirit.
Day 3: I didn't get up early this day but I made it for breakfast. We had biscuits and sausage and bacon gravy, and eggs. All I can say about that is yummy. After breakfast we went to clean up our bunk house before our last devotional. We had another powerful worship service before devotional, and you could feel the God's presence. It is amazing to see men jumping and shouting for the Lord. The devotion that was given was a powerful message and the men were down at the alter praying and crying again. We had lunch afterwards and it was good. We had chicken alfredo with noodles, garlic toast, broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots, and a salad. I had double helpings of the veggies. After lunch we headed back home, and I drove the Church van all the way, about 8 hours.
I realize how long this blog is but I wanted to go ahead and talk about the scripture I added here. It goes with the experience I had at our retreat. He says it all so clearly here. He has called you from the ends of the earth; I was not a good person 2 and a half years ago, but yet I was called to go to church and change my life. I believe he has called you too. We are all called by him to do good for the kingdom of God. He tells us not to fear and to not be dismayed. He is with us, strengthens us, and will uphold us with his righteous right hand. What more encouragement do you need?
Heavenly Father I want to ask that You forgive us of the sin of not believing in You. Lord I know that Your are with us and will lead and guide us though our good times and our hard times. Lord I ask for blessings of yes and amen, over all those that read this blog. Lord I ask that You would help remind us each day of who You are. Lord thank You for Your faithfulness and Your goodness. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Hello guys and gals.
I had a long day at work and considering I got a holiday day today, I don't have to work tonight. I know it is real late for my blog but I wanted to give you guys and update on my journey.
I am finding it hard to eat snacks and my meals with my schedule changing so much, not to mention not having snacks in the pantry right now. I have ran out of ideas for cooking dinner. I can cook chicken burritos just so much, until it gets old. I made beef tacos today, not much of a change. I make a lot of chicken and I wish I had more ways to fix it, but I will manage. I guess I am in my first slump. I have made it over a month without a soda and I have not craved any either.
Now I want to talk about my exercise. I have found myself going to the YMCA mostly to play racquetball. The tracker says that racquetball: casual burns up about 1000 calories for 60 mins of play. I guess the fun I have playing just does not let me realize it, but just in case I think I am going to get me a heart monitor that tells me calories too. Then maybe I will feel better about playing racquetball, than running, or cycling.
I did measure myself yesterday and I lost almost 4 inches total throughout my body. It is amazing to see the progress.
I have not been feeling like blogging the last couple of days. So I think I will take a little break. I wont be able to blog when I go to New Mexico Thursday -Saturday. I am sorry for not posting my usual God's word, I just do not feel moved to study today. Please pray for me as I am struggling a little today. More so than usual. Not with anything serious, I just don't have enough time in the day for the things I want and need to do, and it could be I am just sleepy due to working last night and only getting 3 hrs sleep today.
Eat Lite to Be Lite and Enjoy,
Monday, February 04, 2013
Luke 11:5-10 (NAS)
Then He said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves ; for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him'; and from inside he answers and says, 'Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed ; I cannot get up and give you anything.' "I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs. "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find ; knock, and it will be opened to you. "For everyone who asks, receives ; and he who seeks, finds ; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.
Luke 18:3-7 (NIV)
"And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.' "For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming!' " And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off ?
Hello guys and gals.
I had a wonderful day in the Lord's house yesterday. The Holy Spirit is so sweet and was moving in power. I love Sundays and the ability to be able to go to church and worship God.
Today was weigh in day. I don't know what time I have been wieghing in every Sunday but I will be sure to remember this time. I weighed myself 4 times today just to see how my weight changed. In the morning when I got home, I weighed myself at 280.4, then went to bed. I got home from church ate me a bite of food and weighed before I went to bed again and I was at 274. When I got up from bed at 5:00pm I weighed myself again and I was at 272.4. I went to church and came back home and had dinner, and I weighted 279.8 I know I didn't drink and eat 7 pounds of food, so I don't know what happend, lol. I took the highest weight as my weigh in today and it still shows I lost 3 pounds. I am happy with that.
My Pastor and our Sunday School teacher was on the same wave length today, which does not happen often. They both spoke about prayer. Sunday School was about how to pray, and Pastor was talked about continuing to pray day and night. I wanted to expand a little about it. I found this passage in Luke and even though I am leary about teaching wealth and prosperity, I wanted to share this. Pastor's passage was Luke 18:6,7, and it is amazing to me how close these to scriptures are.
Both are spoken by Jesus, and they mean the same thing to me. In the first scripture it talks about being persistant in asking for what you need. In the second scripture there is a widow who continues to ask for justice. Both get what they ask for due to thier persistence. Ask God for what you need, and God will give it to you, that is what Jesus is telling us. Pray day and night and continue to pray at all times for your needs.
We all know there is a difference between needs and wants. Can we be so childish to pray, and ask God for what we want ,and when He doesn't give it to us that we turn our backs on Him? I am sure there are people that do this and I hope not ever be one of them. I believe there are times we pray for what we want and we do not get them, because it may not be good for us. Just like we do for our children. There are things they may want and we know it will get them in trouble and we say no to protect them. God does the same thing. He has a plan for us and He knows our needs, and if our wants do not line up with his plans then we may not get them when we want them. I believe God still wants us to ask him for our wants and our needs, and to continue asking. Praying ferently, day, and night for them. And as Jesus says, "Ask and it will be given to you."
Dear Heavenly Father, You are great and mighty Lord. Lord I pray that Your will be done in our lives and that You would continue to walk with us. Lord I ask for blessing of yes and amen over the people that read my blogs, and my family. Lord God forgive us of our transgressions and help us during our temptations. Lord we give you glory and honor in all things You do for us. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
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